Graduate School - Conflict Resolution

Joe L. Cope, Executive Director    
Garry Bailey, Academic Director
Duncum Center for Conflict Resolution
ACU Box 27770
Abilene, Texas 79699-7770
1541 N. Judge Ely Boulevard

Phone: 325-674-2015 or
              800-395-4723 (outside of Abilene)
Fax: 325-674-2427

Email: conflictresolution@acu.edu 
Web: www.acu.edu/conflict

Faculty
Garry P. Bailey, Associate Professor
Joe L. Cope, Associate Professor
Matthew J. Dodd, Assistant Professor

Faculty from other departments who teach
in this program:  
Charles Siburt, Professor of Church Enrichment

Adjunct Faculty who teach in this program:
Robert Otey
Patty Wenetschlaeger 

Introduction
The Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation (MA-CRR) is offered through the Duncum Center for Conflict Resolution. The degree is a 36-credit hour non-thesis program. A 15-credit hour graduate certificate in conflict resolution is also available. The degree and certificate courses are offered in an online format with a mandatory residency session designed to concentrate on practical skill development. In addition, 6 credit hours are taken as a conflict practicum which is arranged in conjunction with the program advisor.

PLEASE NOTE: Because courses are offered online, students must have access to a computer with an internet connection and have sufficient technical proficiency for the online environment.

The program is designed to prepare students to analyze, address and manage conflict effectively and professionally. The faculty and course materials emphasize the importance of reconciliation. The degree will serve professionals currently engaged in careers in business, education, counseling and ministry, as well as individuals engaged in dispute resolution professions.

Primary purposes of the program are to equip and enable graduates who:

1. Are recognized and utilized as peacemakers, regardless of their professional or career positions;

2. Are well-versed in conflict theory and are equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively manage conflict;

3. Possess the capacity for advancement into positions of leadership and service in a wide range of professions; and

4. Mentor and challenge others to pursue godly lives of collaboration and reconciliation.

Course work in this program has been designed to provide students with a depth of knowledge in the theory of conflict and its management. The emphasis on reconciliation reflects the importance of maintaining relationships even when the parties disagree. Each student is introduced and immersed in practical skills that both foster those relationships and effectively move parties to agreement.

Since 2000, the Duncum Center has endeavored to equip, encourage, and support individuals as peacemakers in personal relationships, families, churches, schools, professions and communities. It provides reconciliation services for individuals, organizations and churches, as well as providing opportunities for service and experience to program students and graduates.

Admission Requirements   
Entrance into the program is not limited to any specific undergraduate degree. All candidates for admission to the MA-CRR program must meet the Graduate School - Admission Requirements section of this catalog. In addition to the general Graduate School requirements, applicants must submit:

  1. An essay of no more than 1,000 words detailing the applicant’s motivation for undertaking a focused study on conflict resolution and reconciliation; and
  2. Upon request, a personal or telephone interview with the program advisor or other departmental faculty or staff.

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CONFLICT RESOLUTION AND RECONCILIATION (MA)   

Major Code: CRR 

Requirements for the MA in conflict resolution and reconciliation are:

FOUNDATION (6 HOURS)
   
CONR 605 Negotiation and Mediation
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS (24 HOURS)
   CONR 601 Conflict Theory and Communication
   CONR 610 Managing Conflict in the Workplace or
         CONR 615 Managing Conflict in Schools or
         BIBM 645 Managing Conflict in Churches
   CONR 630 Advanced Mediation: Marital Disputes
   CONR 612 Conflict Management Systems Design
   CONR 635 Identity, Culture, and Conflict
   CONR 637 Dispute Resolution and the Legal System
   CONR 638 Ethics and Conflict Resolution
   MGMT 636 Organizational Behavior
RESIDENCY SESSION
PRACTICUM (6 HOURS)
   CONR 643 Practicum (6) or
   CONR 643 Practicum (3) and
         CONR 645 Practical Skill and Theory in
              Conflict Resolution (3) (not online)
CONR 643 Practicum and CONR 645 Practical Skills and Theory may
be started after the student has successfully completed CONR 605
and the Residency Session, and nine additional hours.

 

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CERTIFICATES IN CONFLICT RESOLUTION    

The graduate certificate in conflict resolution is offered for those students who are not seeking the graduate degree, yet desire specialized education in conflict management. The certificate is a 15-credit hour program. A residency session is required to successfully complete the certificate.

The Duncum Center for Conflict Resolution also offers a 12-credit hour graduate certificate in conflict resolution designed specifically for educators. This unique program includes on-line course work and a one-week residency session for the development of practical skills and for preparing trainers of mediators in the school setting. Special materials for trainers will be provided. Students may apply 12 hours toward the Master of Education in Leadership of Learning degree.

PLEASE NOTE: Because courses are offered online, students must have access to a computer with an internet connection and have sufficient technical proficiency for the online environment.

Admission Requirements
All candidates for the certificate must complete an application for the certificate program and must submit an official undergraduate transcript that shows a completed bachelor’s degree.

CERTIFICATE IN CONFLICT RESOLUTION (CER)

Major Code: CONR 

Requirements for the certificate in conflict resolution are:

FOUNDATION (6 HOURS)
   CONR 605 Negotiation and Mediation
REQUIRED (3 HOURS)
   CONR 601 Conflict Theory and Communication
ELECTIVES (6 HOURS)
   CONR 610 Managing Conflict in the Workplace
   CONR 612 Conflict Management Systems Design
   CONR 615 Managing Conflict in Schools
   CONR 630 Advanced Mediation: Marital Dispute
   CONR 635 Identity, Culture, and Conflict
   CONR 637 Dispute Resolution and the Legal System
   BIBM 645 Managing Conflict in Churches (not online)
 RESIDENCY SESSION

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CERTIFICATE IN CONFLICT RESOLUTION FOR EDUCATORS (CER)    

Major Code: CCRE

Requirements for the certificate in conflict resolution for educators are: 

FOUNDATION (6 HOURS)
   CONR 605 Negotiation and Mediation
REQUIRED (6 HOURS)
   CONR 601 Conflict Theory and Communication
   CONR 615 Managing Conflict in Schools
RESIDENCY SESSION



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